"Wherever there is sickness there is an opportunity for God to display his glory," says Max Lucado, author of Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer. Max outlines what happens with physical healing, whether it is immediate, gradual, or ultimate.
The training in systematic theology and hermeneutics we have is valuable, in terms of ministering the Scriptures to people who seek answers. Yet, there are times, if we are not careful, when our “sound doctrine” may sound like a clanging cymbal, and push hurting believers away. This can happen both in the counseling room, and in our friendships.
In a recent study among Millennials, conducted in partnership with American Bible Society and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Barna Group sought to discover how changing ideas about Christianity might be affecting perceptions of the Bible. This study—the largest Barna Group has ever done on a single generation's view of the Bible—looked at Millennials' beliefs, perceptions and practices surrounding Scripture. Three significant—and surprising—insights emerged.
We recently received this video testimony from one of the Summit’s church planters in Southeast Asia. It’s amazing to see how God is using our members and the Word–in this case, quite literally miraculously–to draw people from death to life:
There is no question that Millennials are different in articulating their faith experience than previous generations, but I believe what is fundamentally different has less to do with whether or not we care about faith, but what about faith we care about. What has changed is not our concern over questions of orthodoxy, but the kinds of questions of orthodoxy we ask.
People who have an excellent understanding of the Scriptures really impress me. If there's one thing I detest, besides Manchester United, it's Bible studies or theological discussions where the Scriptures function like the crumbs in a bag of chips: you get to them only if you're desperate.
For the purposes of this article, I will be talking about speaking the gospel primarily with Christians. While speaking the gospel to unbelievers is crucial for the Great Commission (and some of the ideas here could have crossover in evangelism), here I am concerned only with the necessity of speaking it to believers (Eph. 4:15; Heb. 3:13).
To my fellow Millennial Christians: rather than ignore old belief in favor of new ones — as we’re so inclined to do with everything else — struggle to preserve what the church has believed about faith and life. Because it’s only in going backwards that our generation of Christians will truly move forward in its spiritual journey.
Rachel Held Evans, like many of her fellow progressive evangelicals, has a burden to relieve emotional dissonance between what God is like in most of the Bible and what she knows He is like in her life and experiences. Evans presents herself with a shocking choice: Either the Bible doesn’t really tell us what God is like, or God is evil and we’ve no right to condemn those who do evil in his name.